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The Provisional City: Los Angeles Stories of Architecture and Urbanism Paperback – September 9, 2002

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ISBN-13: 978-0262532020 ISBN-10: 0262532026 Edition: Reprint

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"...[A] work of meticulous scholarship and visionary thinking...." Jonathan Kirsch Los Angeles Times



In bringing the history of Los Angeles' territorial development to the fever pitch of emergency politics, convulsive urbanism, and fugitive places, Dana Cuff has not only given us a critical rethinking of this landscape, but has also reminded us that history in Los Angeles has always been about movement and energy and the ever-present now. The Provisional City is a must-read for anyone concerned with autoscapes, housing, and city politics.

(Neil Denari, Architect and Director, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc))

Dana Cuff's The Provisional City will fascinate every architect, planner, and landscape architect intrigued by space in the urban scale. Focusing particularly on housing, Cuff reveals the contested terrain of Los Angeles over the last seventy years, a landscape where design intentions collide with the politics of property.

(Dolores Hayden, Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and American Studies, Yale University; author of The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History )

Dana Cuff works to restructure the way we think about urban change within the dynamic context of Los Angeles. Arguably a metropolis, (16.5 million people and over 100 languages), it is infinitely complex, perhaps even unknowable. With a firm focus on a new model, her analysis provides a roadmap and a vision of how we might approach the daunting task of urban development in the larger metropolis of L.A. with a sense of optimism and control.

(Thom Mayne, American Institute of Architects)

[A]work of meticulous scholarship and visionary thinking....

(Jonathan Kirsch Los Angeles Times)

About the Author

Dana Cuff is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a principal of the consulting firm Community Design Associates.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; Reprint edition (September 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262532026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262532020
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Phillip S. on December 19, 2013
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Because it had information about places that my family experienced in the late 40's and early 50's after My father returned home from the war.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By techtonix on May 3, 2012
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I love Dana Cuff.

This book was an amazing read, and informed me greatly in preparation for my SCI_Arc thesis in 2007. Thanks!
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